Coincidentally (honest it is not a set-up!) TID has just released a WHAT PLUG widget, you can enter any of 200 destinations and find out the voltage, and frequency of the power supply and what shaped plug and socket needed. http://www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au/what-plug almost 4 years ago
There are going to be hundreds of thousands (millions?) more tourists in London for the games. Tourists attract petty thieves. It's like a honey pot for them, so be extra vigilant about keeping a hold of your bags and wallets. Heathrow (and other border entry points like the Chunnel) are presently experiencing long delays because of a lack of staff. Up to 3 hours or more at Heathrow. The government is promising they'll have more staff for the Olympics but don't hold your breath - expect LOOOONG delays and lots of waiting at immigration/border control. There's always concern the games will be targeted by terrorist groups, because in the past they have been. But on the other hand the anti-terrorist forces are on high alert. Security at venues will be very tight. So tight that inside a stadium during an olympic event is probably the safest place to be. It's outside official venues, at all the 'popular' spots outside of the control of the Olympic officials that you're most at risk. There's talk of a repeat of the London riots. It's my observation that there's always talk like that, but not much eventuates. It's also my experience of the Olympics here in Sydney in 2000, that everyone gets into the spirit. At events you'll be surrounded by happy sports-loving people who are trying to have as much fun as you are. It's a risk (as is everything in life) but a calculated risk, and I personally believe that as long as you take appropriate precautions, the benefits outweigh the negatives. Phil, travel safety specialist at TID over 5 years ago
Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is great. Also in Ultimo, the Ian Thorpe aquatic centre is indoor and heated. Darling harbour has the Aquarium and Wildlife World (not cheap, but really good). The mono-rail is a loop. If they're train-crazy like my son, Central station is always interesting and 'free' (and you can catch the tram to get there). You can catch a ferry to Fort Dennison (just off the Opera House), it's a real fort, so go and play pirates. That should soak up the next couple of wet days. Phil almost 6 years ago
Hi,What is the predicted state of the Thailand floods in late December to early January? Will it be safe for travel during that time?
Hi Juliet, I work with jesse at TID - except he's not here right now, he's in Cambodia shooting a documentary (more on that soon). The absolutely best information on the state of flooding in Thailand comes from British ex-pat journalist Richard Barrow. he lives in Thailand and writes about the place. This is his latest update on floods (espeecially for Bangkok) http://www.thaitravelblogs.com/2011/10/essential-thaiflood-information-for-foreign-tourists-in-thailand/ In a nutshell - the flooding in bangkok and northern provinces is now receding. Floating markets have re-opened, the Chao Phraya river express boats are running again (their fuel depot got flooded) and the Chatuchak market is open. Considering that it is more than a month until you arrive in Thailand, I think the situation will be vastly improved. Because central parts of Bangkok have escaped any flooding, I'm sure you'll see no sign of it at popular tourist destinations. Phuket is, was and always has been unaffected by those floods. Same for Chang Mai. Have a great trip. Phil almost 6 years ago